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Homecoming victory over the Dolphins

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The Arlington-Lake Preston Badgers returned to the field Sept.18 for Lake Preston’s homecoming game after a bye week, beating the Deubrook Dolphins 36-6.

The win pushed the Badgers to 3-1 on the season while dropping the Dolphins to 0-5. The Badgers take on the 3-2 O-R/R Raiders Friday night in Rutland, before finishing the regular season with two games in Arlington, hosting Baltic and Hamlin.

The Badgers took a 36-0 halftime lead over the Deubrook Dolphins in Lake Preston Sept.18 then coasted, playing mostly reserves with the clock running, for a 36-6 win.

The game opened with a pair of three-and-outs, but a big punt by Jasper Denison still gave the Badgers the advantage, pinning the Dolphins back at their own six.

Two running plays moved the ball to the 10, but a third-and-six pass was intercepted by Denison and returned to the seven. It took just one play from there, with Denison taking it up the middle for the touchdown.

That made it 6-0 with 7:07 left in the first quarter, where it stayed after the two-point conversion failed.

Deubrook got the ball back at the 24, but again went three-and-out, punting to A-LP’s 41. Two plays later, on a third-and-four, Tate Larsen ran left for 16 to the Dolphins’ 37.

On the next play, Denison threw deep to Carter Malone down the right sideline for a 37-yard touchdown to make it 12-0 with 3:29 left in the first. Again, the two-point try was stopped.

Deubrook got the ball back, but went two yards backward on three plays, then punted. The Badgers took over at their own 40, ran for a first down to Deubrook’s 48, then Larsen nearly took it all the way, tackled at the 11.

It took two plays from there, with Mason Bunker scoring from the nine for an 18-0 lead with six seconds left in the first. This time, Denison went up the middle for the two, and a 20-0 lead.

The second quarter didn’t change Deubrook’s fortunes, going three-and-out again and punting to midfield. Denison hit Bunker for 25 yards on first down, and four plays later, Larsen took it in up the middle from the five.

That made it 26-0 with 8:05 left in the half, and 28-0 after Denison ran for the two.

Deubrook got the ball back and went for it on fourth-and-eight this time, but a bad snap ended with a turnover on downs. That put the Badgers in excellent field position, starting the drive at the Dolphins’ 34.

With Matt Steffensen carrying the load, the Badgers kept it on the ground, grinding out 17 yards to the 17. On third-and-eight, Denison kept it for seven, setting up a fourth-and-one at the 10.

A-LP went for it, but the ball squirted loose, rolling toward the end zone, where Bunker picked it up and took it in from the one for the touchdown. That made the lead 34-0 with 2:32 left in the half, then 36-0 after Denison hit Christopher Wallace for the two.

With A-LP reserves filtering in on defense, the Dolphins finally got something going late in the first half, getting their first first down and driving to near midfield, before stalling and turning the ball over on downs. The half ended with a kneeldown by the Badgers killing the clock.

With A-LP up by 36, the second half was played with the clock running.

The Badgers opened with the ball and freshman Britt Carlson at quarterback. On second down, Carlson ran for 15, with another 15 added for a late hit out-of-bounds, taking the ball to Deubrook’s 39. But the drive stalled, and Wallace punted to the Dolphins’ 12.

Deubrook went three-and-out and punted, and A-LP turned the ball over on downs at the Dolphins’ 37. As the fourth quarter started, the Dolphins were driving, keyed by a 37-yard run by sophomore Colin Baumann.

With a first-and-goal at the Badgers’ three, sophomore Treven Grimsrud gained two on first down, then took it in from the one for the score, with 8:36 left. The two-point run was stopped, leaving the score at 36-6.

A-LP got the ball back and threatened, driving to the Deubrook 20, but lost the ball on a fumble with 3:30 left. The game ended with an interception by A-LP freshman Sheldon Balderston, stopping Deubrook’s final drive.

The stats were not as lopsided as the score—mostly because the Badgers pulled their starters early.

A-LP rushed 31 times for 154 yards, led by Larsen with seven carries for 66 yards and a touchdown, Denison with six carries for 34 yards and a touchdown, and Bunker with three carries for 18 yards and two touchdowns.

Denison completed three of six passes for 75 yards and a touchdown, caught by Malone. Carlson completed two of three for 42, including a 31-yarder to Riley Casper.

Deubrook ran 27 times for 100 yards, led by Baumann with 12 carries for 60 yards, and Grimsrud with 13 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown. Baumann completed four of 11 passes for 26 yards, with two interceptions.

That gave the Badgers a 271-126 offensive edge.
A-LP 20 16 0 0 - 36

Deubrook 0 0 0 6 - 6

The Dolphins host 1-4 Elkton-Lake Benton Friday night, with A-LP at O-R/R.

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